Ethan Varian

Staff Reporter (Retail, Nonprofits)

Ethan Varian is a Staff Reporter covering the finance, retail and nonprofit sectors.

Email: evarian@sfvbj.com
Phone: 818-316-3130 Extension: 124

Recent Stories

ImmunoCellular Curtails Operations, Delists From NYSE

ImmunoCellular Therapeutics Ltd. has decided to voluntarily delist its shares from the New York Stock Exchange and to significantly curtail its operations, the Calabasas biotechnology firm announced Monday.

MannKind Shares Jump 16 Percent After Finalizing Research Deal

Shares of MannKind Corp. jumped more than 16 percent Tuesday after the Westlake Village biotech finalized a previously announced agreement with United Therapeutics Corp. to develop an inhalable drug to treat a form of hypertension.

Dole ‘Refreshes’ Brand Logo

Dole Food Co. has updated its logo as part of an effort to “refresh” its brand identity, the Westlake Village produce company announced Monday.

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Landlords in Prop 10 Battle

REAL ESTATE: Trade groups, companies oppose rent control.

Business groups oppose expanding rent control.

Film-Friendly CEO at Sherman Oaks Chamber

Management: David Phelps hopes to bring Hollywood productions to the Valley.

New chief executive at Sherman Oaks Chamber.

Hearty Future for Dine Brands Despite Decline

restaurants: Shares of chain operator drift lower after 30 percent pop.

Bright future for Dine Brands Global.

Arabian Winners

NONPROFIT: Seven civic leaders honored at Valley’s annual public service recognition.

Winners of the Armand Arabian award.

Burn Surgeon

When he’s not working at his family’s business or his own private plastic surgery practice, Dr. Peter Grossman runs a foundation to provide health care to burn victims.

Peter Grossman of the Grossman Burn Center.

Orange Line Improvement Project Breaks Ground

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority broke ground on a project to improve bus speeds and safety on the Orange Line busway in the San Fernando Valley.

Preview: Landlords in Prop 10 Battle

Trade groups, companies oppose rent control.

Englander to Leave L.A. City Council to Join Entertainment Firm

Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch Englander will step down at the end of the year to join live sports and entertainment company Oak View Group as executive vice president of government affairs, Englander announced Thursday.

Valley Area Stocks Hit Hard as Markets Plunge

The Valley area’s technology and biotech companies were among the hardest hit, reflecting a rough day for tech stocks at large.

Marcus & Millichap Buys Canadian Real Estate Firm

Marcus & Millichap Inc. has acquired Canadian real estate firm Primecorp Commercial Realty Inc., the Calabasas brokerage announced Monday.

Eyenuk Expands Screening Service to Germany

Eyenuk Inc., a Woodland Hills company that uses artificial technology to screen for diabetic complications in the eyes, will expand its service to a diabetes treatment center in Germany.

Sherman Oaks Chamber Hires Film-Savvy CEO

The Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce has hired David Phelps to replace outgoing Chief Executive Vicki Nussbaum, who announced her departure last month.

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Ghadban Leaving Simi Valley Chamber for Hollywood Chamber

Rana Ghadban, president and chief executive of the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce, will step down Nov. 28 to lead the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

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Couple Caters to Autistic Kids at Northridge Gym

FRANChISING: Volunteerism led to employment and now business ownership.

Couple with disabilities become owners of gym.

Foundation Relocation

Hilton pays $50 million for Dole headquarters in Westlake Village

Hilton Foundation buys Dole Food Co. headquarters.

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Coupons Still Drive Work to Repair Shops

Marketer promotes local mechanics with discount package.

Businessman promotes local mechanics.

Chambers Widen Appeal Beyond Meet and Greet

LIST: Government relations assume a bigger role at business organizations.

Business groups take lobbying role.

Marketing Maven to Promote Crypto Summit

Camarillo public relations firm Marketing Maven has been selected to handle media relations for the Crypto Invest Summit at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Oct. 22 to 24.

Valencia Corporate Plaza Secures $34 Million Recapitalization

CBRE Group Inc. has arranged $34 million in bridge financing for the recapitalization of the Valencia Corporate Plaza office property, the real estate firm announced Wednesday.

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Avita Medical Receives Australian Tax Rebate

Avita Medical Ltd. has received a $1 million tax rebate from the Australian government, the biotechnology company announced Tuesday

JMPR Wins Red Line Synthetic Oil Account

JMPR Public Relations will represent motor oil and lubricant manufacturer Red Line Synthetic Oil, the Woodland Hills firm announced Wednesday.

Avita Medical’s Burn Treatment Gets FDA Approval

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Avita Medical Ltd.’s Recell system for treating severe burns, the biotechnology company said Friday.

Amgen Partners with L.A. County on BioLA Project

Amgen Inc. has partnered with Los Angeles County to form a new organization aimed at advancing the region’s life sciences industry, the Thousand Oaks biotechnology company announced Thursday.

$70 Million Renovation Begins at Westfield Topanga Mall

A $70 million renovation project is underway at the Westfield Topanga Mall in Woodland Hills, owner Westfield Corp. announced Wednesday.

AeroVironment Lands $6 million Contract With Portuguese Army

AeroVironment Inc. has secured a nearly $6 million contract to provide its Raven drones to the Portuguese army, the Monrovia unmanned aircraft manufacturer has announced.

Fernando Finalists

NONPROFIT: Candidates described as ‘cream of the crop’ for Valley’s lifetime volunteerism award.

The 60th annual Fernando Award gala will be held Oct. 6 at the Warner Center Marriot in Woodland Hills.

Glendale Doctors to Improve Care in Armenia

MEDICINE: Team of 60 personnel travel to work in two hospitals.

Mending Kids travels to Mozambique.

Wipes a New Defense for Firefighters hedhery

Exposure to dangerous chemicals on the job poses threat to health.

Rescue Wipes reduce carcinogens.

Local Schools Build Corporate Career Pipelines

LIST: Programs provide internships, seminars and off-campus experience.

AEG, Amazon.com Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co. are among the corporations that have established partnerships with Valley colleges and universities. Benefits for students range from ready-made career pipelines to a classroom at Staples Center.

Kid-Friendly Retail

Mexican chain brings fresh approach to brick-and-mortar shopping with store opening at Glendale Galleria.

Mexican retailer with fun format to open in Glendale

Vicki Nussbaum to Leave Sherman Oaks Chamber

Vicki Nussbaum, chief executive of the Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce, will leave the chamber in October to head the Century City Business Improvement District.

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Cherokee Reports $9.1 Million Loss

Cherokee Inc. reported a quarterly net loss of $9.1 million on Thursday, a 90 percent increase compared to the same quarter last year.

City Files Criminal Charges Against 35 Pot Businesses in Valley

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced Friday that his office has filed criminal cases against 35 commercial cannabis retailers, labs, grow sites or delivery services in the San Fernando Valley.

L.A. City Council Approves Electric Scooter Rules

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved a one-year pilot program to regulate dockless electric scooters, paving the way for the introduction of potentially thousands of the vehicles to the San Fernando Valley.

Amgen Veterans Launch $320 Million Life Science Venture Fund

Westlake Village BioPartners has launched its first $320 million venture fund to invest in life science and biotech companies.

Research Deal Gives Cash Infusion to MannKind

Shares of MannKind Corp. jumped nearly 90 percent Tuesday after the Westlake Village biotech announced an agreement with United Therapeutics Corp. to develop an inhalable drug to treat a form of hypertension.

Rapper Tries Retail With Big Pot Shop

B-Real opens Dr. Greenthumb branded location in Sylmar.

Rapper opens pot shop in Sylmar.

Super Cold Cure

For athletes in rehab, nitrogen vapor offers to stimulate circulation and healing at -200 degrees.

Cryotherapy in Encino.

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Homeless Get Temp Addresses

REAL ESTATE: Valley businesses support shelters as solution.

Valley businesses support homeless shelters.

Franchise Court Battle

RESTAURANTS: Dine Brands’ lawsuit alleges $23 million owed in operating fees.

After Applebee’s second largest franchisee RMH Franchise Holdings Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection in May, Applebee’s parent company, Glendale-based Dine Brands Global Inc., sued to prevent RMH from liquidating its restaurants.

Anti-Tax Campaigner

From workers’ comp reform to the November election, consultant Joel Fox talks California politics.

Veteran political consultant talks business.

Westlake Village Mall Sells for $35 Million

Sterling Organization has purchased North Ranch Gateway, an 86,520-square-foot shopping center in Westlake Village, for $35 million.

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California Credit Union Honors Rookie Teachers

California Credit Union honored 18 first-year Los Angeles Unified School District teachers during a Los Angeles Sparks basketball game at Staples Center.

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Business Alliance Ends PAGA Reform Discussions

The California Business and Industrial Alliance has ended discussions with the California Labor Federation to co-sponsor a bill to reform the Private Attorney Generals Act, also known as PAGA.

Tutor Perini Selects Top Lawyer

Tutor Perini Corp. has appointed Wendy Hallgren as general counsel, the Sylmar-based construction company announced Wednesday.

Five Valley-Area Orchard Supply Stores to Close

Lowe’s Cos. Inc. will shut down all Orchard Supply Hardware stores nationwide — including four locations in the Valley and one in Thousand Oaks — by February, the company announced in an earnings report Wednesday.

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Scooter Riders Look to Valley

TRANSPORTATION: Low-income areas may get extra wheels.

Valley could benefit from new rules on electric scooters.

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